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Executive Committee


  • President
  • Ten (10) elected Council Members- one of whom is elected as Vice-President
  • The IOC representative- a member selected by the WFO-affiliated national organization that will be the host organization for the upcoming IOC (ex-officio, non voting)
  • Secretary-General (ex officio non- voting; appointed by Executive Committee)
    Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the World Federation of Orthodontists (ex-officio, non voting)


  1. The 10 elected members shall be as follows:

One member elected from each of the 6 WFO regions of the world.   The 6 major regions of the WFO shall be as follows:  Africa & Middle East, Central and East Asia, Central and South America, Europe, South East Asia and Oceania, North America.

4 additional elected members, each allocated proportionately according to the number of Fellows in good standing at the time of allocation in each region, to one or more of the six major regions of the WFO as described above, provided however, that no single region receives more than two additional seats on the Executive Committee, for a combined maximum total of three representatives on the Executive Committee, for a combined maximum total of three representatives on the Executive Committee. This does not include the President, Secretary-General, Editor-in-Chief and the IOC representative

Duties of the Officers

The President shall:

  1. Preside at the IOC, Executive Committee, and Council meetings
  2. Appoint Committees

The Vice-President shall:

  1. Serve on the Executive Committee
  2. Serve in absence of the President

The Secretary-General shall be responsible for:

  1. Securing and managing a physical location for the Federation’s headquarters.
  2. Employing management and secretarial staff.
  3. Publishing and distributing the WFO newsletter.
  4. Overseeing the arrangements for the IOC

Major Duties of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall:

  1. Establish rules and policy consistent with these bylaws to govern, guide and manage the Federation.  All such policies must be presented for review at the next meeting of Council.
  2. Amend these bylaws subject to the provisions of section XV.C of these bylaws.
  3.  Establish dues for all member categories
  4. Report to Council a summary of its actions in the interim between IOC’s.
  5. Direct the President to convene a special meeting of the Council as provided in Article VII.F. of these bylaws.
  6. Determine the site of each International Orthodontic Congress (IOC).
  7. Establish policy governing all aspects of an IOC.  The Executive Committee shall supervise the organization of the congress, working with the Executive Committee member liaison to the host organization, and advise the host organization on any aspect of the process it deems necessary.
  8. Vet and approve all applicants for every category of membership.
  9. Elect the President and Vice President.
  10. Select and employ the Secretary-General.
  11. Select the Editor-in-Chief.
  12. Enter into contracts with outside contractors, vendors, consultants or other outside entities.
  13. Elect Honorary Fellows.
  14. Approve the budget prepared and submitted by the Secretary-General.
  15. Establish rules and policy to govern and guide the officers and the Executive Committee.
  16. Establish criteria for recognizing WFO-affiliated national organizations.
  17. Establish criteria for recognizing WFO-affiliated regional organizations.
  18. Vet and approve national and regional organizations for WFO affiliation.
  19. 1Exercise full authority and discretion in managing the publication of any official publication of the Federation.
  20. Present to Council a slate of vetted candidates for election to the subsequent Executive Committee.


The Executive Committee shall hold meetings in the interval between meetings of the IOC and conduct other business by correspondence and other means of communication.

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